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Rep. John Lewis Provides $650K in Health-Related Funding for 5th District Programs

July 20, 2007
Press Release

Congressman Lewis won funding for the following 5th District initiatives within the 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night.

The bill must be passed by the Senate and signed by the President to become law.      

    • Improve Quality of Care through Electronic Health Records, Atlanta, GA: $300,000
      • Funding for this project would be used towards developing electronic health records (EHRs) for the underserved and homeless communities in Atlanta served by Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services. The national goal is to have an EHR for most Americans by 2012.  The EHR will help reduce medical errors, reduce cost and significantly improve quality and integration of care especially for those with chronic diseases.  In addition, there is a national emphasis on ending chronic homelessness.  This project will have significant impact in both arenas.       
    • Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, GA -- Sixty-Plus Senior Care Transition Grant Program: $150,000 
      • Piedmont Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta Georgia.  It has 4,000 employees and 900 physicians with staff privileges.  The objective of this program is to encourage older patients and their caregivers to assert a more active role during their care transition from the hospital to home in order to reduce re-hospitalization, lower costs to the Medicare program and overall healthcare costs, and improve lives.  The focus of the program is in the medication self-management, patient-centered record, primary care and specialist follow-up, and increasing knowledge of symptoms that indicate a worsening condition.        
    • Project Excell, Fulton County, GA: $100,000 
      • Fulton County seeks to implement a new initiative that seeks to address one of SAMHSA’s national priorities.  This 5-year program would create a12-week “evidence-based best practice” intensive outpatient treatment program serving homeless males with a co-occurring substance and mental health disorders. 
    • Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats, Atlanta, GA: $100,000 
      • The Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats (SECEBT) within Emory University will build upon successful research, training and innovative programs related to bioterrorism and emerging biologic threats, including West Nile virus, epidemic influenza, avian influenza, and staph infections that are resistant to antibiotics related to penicillin.